Watewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1904 times:
I'm not all too familiar with PIA situation, but here's my 2 cents.
-F27s maybe old, but as long as they are not causing excessive delays/cancellations, there's no reason to replace them. Also, PIA isn't in the best shape financially speaking and I doubt they can place a substantial order for brand new or relatively new planes now.
-All airlines allow employees fly for free. But letting friends of employees fly for free does sound excessive. But as long as they're not bumping revenue pax off the plane, I don't see how this is the main reason for PIA's dismal financial status.
-22,000 employees is a lot for a company of PIA's size. But PIA won't take the effort to trim the fat unless it's privatized. And I'm not holding my breath on that.
-Corruption... Something you'll have to live with operating an airline (or any company for that mattera) in such an unstable environment.
A330-243 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 251 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1899 times:
-Luggage handling. Sometimes the luggage gets lost.
At the check in at ISB, some relatives travelling on PK794 (departs Sunday morning) got into an arguement with the check in staff. Apparently things got a bit heated and words were exchanged. Probably wanting to take more luggage then they're allowed and as a result delaying the flight.
When they arrived at BHX they discovered their bags were not on the plane. The guy at check in had switched the tags and sent their luggage to tripoli!
Also PIA, as with many airlines has a problem with rude F/A's. Maybe you should add that one to your list.
When my parents flew back to england they said the cabin crew on the ISB-CPH were awful. My mum couldn't even get a glass of water! But with a crew change at CPH the flight to BHX, the crew was excellent and friendly.
In summary I say PIA is not bad, definetly improving and I would fly them in the future. One of those airlines where your experience is a mix, depending on the day you decide to travel.
p.s cant help but notice how boring the shots of PIA aircraft are on this site, wat are the photographers capturing? it seems theyre more interested in getting the livery in full, compromising on the beauty of the planes, and there are no pictures of PKs workhorse the A300, except for one of the planes that crashed in Nepal.
Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6284 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (14 years 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1865 times:
22,000 employees for PIA sounds excessive. Plus most of them got their jobs because they have some contact or friend at the govt. .The corruption thing , well that is normal for a govt. run airline , what they have to do with PIA is get it Private , reorganize the airline and try to make it more competitive .